So recently finished was the Mystic Powerboats C4400 catamaran called Agent Provocateur on display at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show, which closed yesterday, that while the 44-footer’s twin Mercury Racing 1100 engines had been fired, the cat had never actually been run. That changed today when John Cosker, the owner and founder of the DeLand, Fla., custom catamaran and performance center console company, and Scott Sjogren, the owner of global Mystic dealer Pier 57 Marine in Gurnee, Ill., ran the boat for the first time this evening on Biscayne Bay.
After spending most of the day breaking down the Mystic display at the Miami show, Cosker and Sjogren launched the C4400 at about 5:30 p.m. That didn’t leave them with much time to run the 44-footer in the two-foot Biscayne Bay chop, which was creased by a 15-mph breeze, but they did manage to air it out a bit for almost half an hour.
Top speed with the quad overhead cam, turbocharged engines turning 6,200 mph was 152 mph, but the boat was underpropped with its 37-inch pitch wheels putting the engines on the rev limiters, according to Sjogren. Cosker estimates that with the correct props the cat will top 160 mph. But tonight on Biscayne Bay, that wasn’t to be.
Cosker and Sjogren, who were shaking down the cat in advance of the upcoming Florida Powerboat Club Miami Boat Show Poker Run, were delighted with boat’s overall performance.
“I have never been in a cat that turns like this,” Sjogren said. “It can turn so tight and flat, and it never lifts or dips sponson. And you know how some cats get light at around 150 mph? This one felt like it was getting tighter when we got to that speed.”
Cosker agreed. “It’s very tight to the water,” he said. “It turns better than I expected. It feels even better than our 50.”
Agent Provocateur—Mystic’s first 44-footer—at the launch ramp.
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